Homeless people occupying abandoned buildings in Geneva


GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Homelessness appears to be a problem in Geneva according to residents and law enforcement. Some homeless people are going into abandoned buildings for shelter.

“We recently helped some people evict some that were….. Had taken up residence in some buildings along the river,” Sheriff Tony Helms said. “It was some property that they inherited after death, and these people had just moved in and taken over.”

Some homeless people, including young teens, have been seen walking up and down streets gathering in parking lots and vacant buildings.

“I see a lot of young kids walking up and down this road in front of my house and they don’t look like they’re old enough to be away from home,” Geneva resident Dale Allen said.

Helms said some local organizations and churches help homeless people. One of these organizations is called ‘Purpose and Promise’ ministry.

“We also offer hygiene, showers, a meal,” Purpose and Promise Director Jessica Simmons said. “Just different things that we do to kind of help meet them and also, first of all, offer them the opportunity of Christ but then second to offer them the opportunity of life skills.”

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